Day DAY 01:
DELHI – ARRIVAL – 18 MARCH 2024
Upon your arrival in Delhi, you will be transferred to your hotel by RANG TRAVELS – representative.
After checking in and freshening up, you can start your exploration of Old Delhi.
Old Delhi is a historical and vibrant part of the city, known for its narrow streets, bustling markets, and ancient monuments. Here are some of the must-visit
Places in Old Delhi:
Red Fort (LalQila): A UNESCO World Heritage site and an iconic symbol of India’s history, the Red Fort is a massive red sandstone fortress built by Emperor Shah Jahan. It served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years.
Jama Masjid: Located near the Red Fort, Jama Masjid is one of the largest and most impressive mosques in India. It was also built by Emperor Shah Jahan and can accommodate thousands of worshippers at a time.
Chandni Chowk: This bustling market street is one of the oldest and busiest in Delhi. It’s a great place to experience the vibrant atmosphere and shop for traditional Indian goods, spices, textiles, jewelry, and street food.
Raj Ghat: This simple yet significant memorial is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. It marks the spot where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948.
Remember to respect local customs and dress modestly, especially when visiting religious places. Also, be prepared for the bustling crowds and chaotic traffic in Old Delhi.
Enjoy your time exploring Old Delhi and experiencing the rich cultural heritage.
Back to the hotel and overnight stay.
Day DAY 02:
DELHI – VRINDAVAN HOLI CELEBRATION AT BARSANA BY SURFACE (190 KM/4 HOURS APPROX) 19 MARCH 2024
Morning: You start your day with a drive to Vrindavan and check in at your hotel. Make sure to settle in and freshen up for the day ahead.
Afternoon: In the afternoon, you’ll head to Barsana, a small village near Mathura, to witness the vibrant festival of Holi. This festival is famous for its unique tradition called LathmarHoli. Thousands of people from all over India gather in Mathura and Vrindavan during this time.
LathmarHoli: LathmarHoli is a prelude to the main Holi celebration and typically starts about a week before the main holiday. During this event, women from Barsana gather with wooden sticks (lathis) in their hands to welcome men from Nandgaon. This tradition is rooted in Hindu mythology, as it is said that Lord Krishna, along with his friends, visited Barsana (Radha’s village) to playfully tease Radha and other Gopis by throwing colored water on them. In response, Radha and the Gopis chased Krishna and his friends with sticks to playfully beat them.
Festive Ritual: Men from Nandgaon, soaked in colored water, arrive in Barsana and engage in a playful exchange with the women. Men sing provocative songs to tease the women, and the women respond by playfully beating them with lathis (wooden sticks). The men use shields to protect themselves from the playful blows.
Evening: After enjoying the festivities in Barsana, you will return to your hotel in Vrindavan for an overnight stay.
This experience offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions and joyous celebrations of Holi in the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Enjoy the colorful and spirited atmosphere, and make lasting memories of this vibrant festival.
Day DAY 03:
VRINDAVAN: HOLI CELEBRATION AT NANDGAON - 20 MARCH 2024
Morning: Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Vrindavan to fuel up for the day’s festivities.
Depart for Nandgaon: After breakfast, you will leave for Nandgaon, which is Krishna’s village. This is where Krishna spent his childhood, and the Holi celebrations in Nandgaon follow the ones in Barsana.
Unique Tradition: In Nandgaon, the legend goes that Radha and her friends, known as Gopis, would visit Nandgaon on this day to take revenge on Krishna and his friends by splashing colors on them. Since women traditionally do not go to Nandgaon, men and transgender individuals dressed as women from Barsana represent them and visit Nandgaon to celebrate Holi with the men there.
Colorful Welcome: When the group from Barsana arrives in Nandgaon, they are welcomed with water and colorful powders. This unique tradition involves men playing Holi with women in a playful and non-sexual manner, marked by elements of wooing and teasing.
Temple Celebrations: The main celebrations take place in the courtyard of the temple at Nandgaon. This courtyard transforms into a visual spectacle with a burst of vibrant colors. People from both Nandgaon and Barsana sit across from each other, singing, dancing, and engaging in the joyful festivities.
Evening: After a day filled with colorful celebrations, you will return to your hotel for another overnight stay in Vrindavan.
This day offers you the opportunity to witness a unique and culturally significant aspect of Holi, where men and transgender individuals participate in playful celebrations that pay homage to the playful interactions between Lord Krishna and Radha and the Gopis. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and the incredible display of colors in the temple courtyard of Nandgaon.
Day DAY 04:
VRINDAVAN: HOLI CELEBRATION AT BANKE BIHARI TEMPLE - 21 MARCH 2024
The continuation of your Holi celebration itinerary in Vrindavan sounds wonderful, with a focus on the BankeBihari Temple and unique flower-based Holi celebrations.
BankeBihari Temple: The BankeBihari Temple in Vrindavan is a significant place of worship, especially during Holi. The temple hosts week-long celebrations during this festive period.
Krishna’s Appearance: Bihariji, another name for Lord Krishna in the Braj area, is dressed in white clothes during these celebrations. This attire adds to the purity and spirituality of the occasion.
Colorful Atmosphere: The temple priests, known as Goswamis, play a special role during these celebrations. They sprinkle colors on everyone present, creating a colorful and joyous atmosphere.
Phoolonwaliholi: On the day of Ekadashi before Holi, which falls on the eleventh day of the lunar fortnight, there are special celebrations at the BankeBihari Temple. These celebrations are held in the afternoon, and the temple gates open at about 4 pm. This unique Holi celebration is known as “Phoolonwaliholi,” which translates to “Holi with flowers.”
Holi with Flowers: Unlike the traditional use of colored powders, this celebration involves the use of flowers. People play Holi by showering each other with fragrant and colorful flower petals. It’s a beautiful and fragrant way to celebrate the festival.
Evening: After a day filled with these unique and spiritually uplifting celebrations, you will return to your hotel in Vrindavan for another overnight stay.
This day at the BankeBihari Temple offers a different perspective on Holi, focusing on spiritual devotion and the use of flowers instead of traditional colored powders. It’s a serene and joyful way to experience the festival in the heart of Vrindavan. Enjoy the devotional songs, the colorful atmosphere, and the beautiful floral celebrations.
Day DAY 05:
VRINDAVAN – FATEHPUR SIKRI – AGRA BY SURFACE (110 KM / 3 HOURS APPROX) 22 MARCH 2024
Morning Departure: After your overnight stay in Vrindavan, you will set out in the morning for Agra, which is famous for the iconic TajMahal.
Halt at Fatehpur Sikri: En route to Agra, you will make a stop at Fatehpur Sikri. This is a well-known historical site of significant architectural importance. It was constructed in the 16th century by the Mughal emperor Akbar. The city was built in honor of Sheikh SalimChishti, a Sufi saint who had prophesied the birth of Akbar’s son, Jehangir. Fatehpur Sikri is renowned for its stunning architecture and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Continue to Agra: After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, you will continue your journey to Agra, which is famous for its Mughal-era monuments and rich history.
Hotel Check-In: Upon arrival in Agra, you will check in at your hotel and have some time to relax and freshen up.
Agra Fort: In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historical fort is known for its impressive architecture and rich history. It offers stunning views of the TajMahal from certain vantage points within the complex.
Sikandara: Following your visit to the Agra Fort, you’ll proceed to Sikandara. Here, you will find the tomb of the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. The tomb is an architectural marvel and is known for its grandeur and beauty.
Evening: After a day of exploring these historical and architectural wonders, you will return to your hotel in Agra for an overnight stay.
This day offers you the opportunity to delve into the Mughal history and appreciate the architectural brilliance of Fatehpur Sikri, the Agra Fort, and the Tomb of Emperor Akbar. It’s a day filled with cultural enrichment and historical insights as you journey through these magnificent sites.
Day DAY 06:
AGRA – DELHI BY SURFACE (240 KM / 4 HOURS APPROX) 23 MARCH 2024
Sunrise Visit to TajMahal: In the early morning, you will visit the world-famous TajMahal during sunrise. This iconic monument of love, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved Queen Mumtaj, is a breathtaking sight when bathed in the soft, early morning light. The TajMahal’s pristine white marble and intricate architecture make it an awe-inspiring and romantic symbol.
Back to Hotel for Breakfast: After your visit to the TajMahal, you will return to your hotel in Agra for a hearty breakfast.
Depart for Delhi: Following breakfast, you will leave for Delhi. Check in at Hotel free day and overnight stay.
Day DAY 7:
DELHI – AMRITSAR: (BY DAY TRAIN)24 MARCH 2024
Early Morning Transfer: Begin the day with an early morning transfer to New Delhi Station for the train journey to Amritsar.
Train Journey to Amritsar: Embark on a scenic train journey from New Delhi to Amritsar, soaking in the sights and sounds along the way.
Arrival in Amritsar: Upon arrival at Amritsar station, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and relaxation.
Visit to Wagah Border: In the afternoon, head to Wagah Border, located 28 km from Amritsar on the India/Pakistan border.
Changing of the Guard Ceremony: Witness the awe-inspiring “Changing of the Guard” ceremony, a meticulously executed display of skill and precision by the border security forces of both India and Pakistan.
Flag Hoisting and Lowering Activities: Experience the impressive flag hoisting and lowering ceremonies, a sight that holds great significance at this border.
Overnight Stay: Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay, with memories of the remarkable border ceremony lingering in your mind.
Day DAY 08:
Amritsar – Anandpur Sahib BY SURFACE (195 KM / 4 HOURS APPROX) 25 MARCH 2024
Early Morning Procession at Golden Temple:
Begin the day with an early morning visit to the Golden Temple for the PrabhatPheri procession.
Experience the continuous singing of GurbaniKirtan, hymns, from the opening to the closing of the temple doors.
Palki Sahib Procession:
Witness the departure of the Palki Sahib, carrying the sacred book – Sri Guru Granth Sahib, to The Akal Takhat Sahib temple.
Cleaning of Sri Harimandir Sahib:
After the procession, devotees, along with the temple staff, engage in the cleaning of the Sri Harimandir Sahib for one hour.
Ardas (Sikh Prayer) and Karah Prasad:
Conclude the morning rituals with the Ardas, a Sikh prayer, followed by the distribution of Karah Prasad, a holy offering, among the devotees.
Exploration of the Golden Temple:
Spend most of the morning exploring the Golden Temple, capturing great photo opportunities.
Admire the four entrance doors, called Deoris, welcoming people of all faiths.
Breathtaking Beauty of the Golden Temple:
Marvel at the stunning Sanctum, reflecting in the holy tank’s water, surrounded by immaculate marble walkways and pavements.
Afternoon Drive to Anandpur Sahib:
In the afternoon, embark on a scenic drive to Anandpur Sahib, approximately 190 km away.
Check-in at Camp/ Hotel:
Upon arrival in Anandpur Sahib, check in at the camp/ Hotel where you will be staying.Overnight Stay:
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay, surrounded by the serene atmosphere of Anandpur Sahib.
Day DAY 9:
ANANDPUR SAHIB (HOLA MOHALLA): 26 MARCH, 2024
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of HolaMohalla, an annual Sikh festival known for its display of bravery and valor.
A Display of Machismo:
Witness the ultimate exhibition of courage and strength, with impressive displays of weaponry, archery, and wrestling.
Experience the vibrant colors, music, poetry, prayers, singing, and chanting that define Indian festivals.
Langar – Community Food:
Participate in the tradition of Langar, where community food is served to pilgrims, regardless of their religion or caste.
Witness the Nihangs, a prestigious armed sect of the Sikh community, known for their distinctive attire of blue and orange, elaborate turbans, and imposing moustaches.
Thrilling Horse Riding Shows:
Be enthralled by the Nihangs’ thrilling horse riding shows, where they gallop bareback and perform daring tricks, showcasing their exceptional skills.
Attendance and Participation:
Join over 100,000 Sikh devotees who gather to partake in this incredible festival, creating an atmosphere of immense spiritual fervor.
Capture the magnificence of the festival, providing abundant opportunities for stunning photographs.
Overnight Stay at Camp/ Hotel:
Return to the camp for a comfortable overnight stay, filled with memories of the awe-inspiring HolaMohalla festival.
Day DAY 10:
ANANDPUR SAHIB (HOLA MOHALLA) – CHANDIGARH (95 KM / 2-3 HOURS APPROX): 27 MARCH, 2024
Early Morning Festival Activities:
Begin the day early to witness and capture the diverse and captivating activities of the HolaMohalla festival.
Drive to Chandigarh:
After the festival, embark on a drive to Chandigarh, a journey covering approximately 90 km and taking around 2 hours.
Check-in at Hotel:
Upon arrival in Chandigarh, check in at your designated hotel for a comfortable stay.
Tour of Chandigarh:
If time allows, embark on a guided tour of Chandigarh, renowned as Le Corbusier’s Indian masterpiece.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay in Chandigarh, reflecting on the vibrant experiences of the HolaMohalla festival and the architectural marvels of the city.
Day Day 11:
Chandigarh – Delhi Airport (250 Km / 5 Hours) Departure: 28 March, 2024
Morning Drive to Delhi Airport:
Begin the day with a scenic drive from Chandigarh to Delhi airport, covering a distance of approximately 250 km. The journey will take about 7 hours.
Flight for Onwards Destination:
Arrive at Delhi airport to catch your flight for your onward destination.
Optional Sightseeing in Delhi:
Depending on the departure flight time, there may be an opportunity to explore more attractions in Delhi city before heading to the airport.
Depart for your onward journey with cherished memories of the vibrant festivals, cultural experiences, and architectural wonders encountered during your tour.
Please ensure to check the departure flight time and plan any additional sightseeing accordingly to allow for a smooth and timely departure.